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Hervey's labours is still alive. When a young inan at work in the neighbourhood of Weston, Mr. Hervey used often in the course of his rides to visit him. He was accustomed to dismount from his horse, bang the bridle on his arm, and in the most familiar, ailectionate, and correct man. ner, recomiend to him a serious attention to the concerns of his soul. This young man was afterwards clerk to Mr. Hervey's successor. He is not a member of the Baptist church at Northampton ; and he acknow. ledges with pleasure, that the recollection of Mr. Hervey's conversations had been highly beneficial to his spiritual interests. He has in his possession a Bible which he received from Mr. Hervey. It is incalculable what benefit might be the result of ministers following the example of Mr. Hervey in this particular.


The following anecdote is illustrative of Mr. Bagshaw's benevolent endeavours to instruct the poor, and of his happy success. Going one day to preach at some distance from his own house, he passed by the cottage of an indigent shoemaker, who was sitting at work. He asked him if he would accompany him to the preaching. The poor man replied, I have not time to spare, for I have a wife and family to maintain.' The picus ininister enquired what he could earn in about an hour and a half. Being informed, he gave it him, and the man went with hin. The next time Mr. B. went to preach at the same place, he passed by the cottage without calling; but had not proceeded far, before the shoemaker ran after him. On seeing him, Mr. B. said, " What! art thou gving? 1 thought thou couldst not spare time to hear preaching, because thou hadst a wife and family to maintain ; and I cannot afford to pay thee every time!' But the poor man's heart had been affected under the word, so that lie hastily answered, in his provincial dialect, “You shall never pay me any

I'll never stay behind again. It was the best money I ever addled (earned).' This holy man of God preached his last sermon from Rom. viii. 31, March 22, 1702, -and he fell asleep in Jesus the first of April following:

Ar 7-, in W-, a man is still livin who was formerly niuch addicted to cursing and swearing. Once, during the harvest, being at work in his field, and his labour not socceeding to his wislı

, he began to curse and swear; uttering, among others, the imprecation, that he wished the lightning might strike him dead! The sky soon became overcast, and a thunder storiu arose, whilst he was still employed in his field. During the storm, a strong ilash of lightning struck into the ground before his face, he himself, however, remaining umhurt. This evident proof, shewing how easy it would have been for the Almighty to have given a dreadful accomplishment to his impious wish, touched him with remorse ; and from thenceforward he entirely abandoned his wicked habit of swearing.




A brief Account of the Last Hours of Mary STRONG, who was admitted inle

the Holborn Sunday School, May 20, 1810, and died happy in the Lord on July 24, 1812, aged 13.

Tuis child lived near St. James's Square :--but, notwithstanding the distance, she was punctual in her attendance, shewing at the same time anxiety for improvement; and at the quarterly examination, about a week preceding her illness, her name was entered for the first class.

Her behaviour to her parents is worthy example. Her industry was great;--appearing desirous of doing what she could for the benefit of the family, her mother gave her partly the care of a younger brother and sister (who are also in the school) to whose clothes she always attended preparaiory to the Cabbath, that they all might appear clean and decent.

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She was particularly careful of these children, that they said their prayers amorning and evening, and watched over their conduct at home and abroad.

However, it has pleased God, in his providence, to bereave this little family of so affectionate and so dutiful a child.

The parents informed the teacher of her indisposition, who, immedialely (as is usual with them) visited her, and were happy to see her, though upon a bed of languishing, yet in a composed and resigned slate of mind, which will appear from the following pious

observations. We shall state them in the simplicity of her own words.-On being asked by the Visitor • Do you know me?' she answered, “ Yes;” and mentioned his name.

Visitor. How do you do? Child. In great pain Sir.-J. What an awful thing sin is ! Your pain and every other affliction, and death itself. are the effects of sin. C. But there is no pain in Heaven. - V. True, there is none : for Heaven is the rest of God. Should you like to go there? (. Yes. V. Why should you like to go

there? Č. Because they are all good people there, and Jesus Christ is there. - V. All that go to Heaven are good while on earth; but, those who live and die in their sins cannot go there.--Do you feel yourself a sinner? C. Yes, Sir, I know I ain. 1. How do you know it? C. I have told stories and spoke bad words. [Here she was interrupted with great pain.]-V. Your pains are very great. c. I am in great pain; but what did Jesus Christ suffer? and I must have suffered more, if he had not. –V. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and by suffering in their place, he has completed the work, and now invites such to come to bin ; therefore we are to pray to him. C. I have prayed and do pray. - V. Wbat do you pray

for ? C. For God to bless me.

-V. Do you think it hard to be afilicied? C. It is what God pleases, and that is best. –V. Were you disappointed in not going to Kilburn Wells? C. Rather ; but I was where God would have me to be. 1. Do you love your School? C. Ah, yes Sir, Iove iny teachers, and should have liked to be in the first class. [Her mother, standing by, observed she should feel a great loss in losing her, the child took an occasion to address her brother in the most affecting manner, requesting him to be diligent and assist his mother, who then would not miss her. "She, with hoiy resignation, expressed a desire to go to Heaven, if it were the will of God to take her. Conversation was then resumed by the Visitor. ] Shall I read a chapter! (. if you please. - V. Is there any one in particular ? C. I like them all in the Testament. That is a sweet part, • The Woman of Samaria.-1. Yes, it is; for we see the love of the Saviour to that simer. lle must needs go through Samaria, that he might meet with that woman; so you were to be brought to the Holborn Sunday School, that he might meet you there. 1.I am thankful; for it was there I learned all I know. [The Visitor then read the 8th of Romans, with which she was very conversant and much pleased.] -1. Shall Igo to prayer? (. If you please. [In this solemn engagement she joined, apparently with much lervour, clasing sier hands together; after which the visitor took his farewell.

This was on the Sabbath preceding her death ; during which tine, she observed to a friend, what a pity it was she did not take a ticket io go to the Chapel: she knew not what she lost.]

The child being' sensible her deaih was fast approaching, requested her mother not to fret, for she was going to Heaven ; and regretted the trouble she had given. About nine o'clock on the evening before she died, she took hier last farewell of her family and friends in the most affecting and interesting manger, saying, . God bless you, molier! God bless my fither! God bless my brothers and sisters, my uncles, my aunts, and all my cousius, and all those dear friends that have been so kind tó pre, for jesus Choisi's sake. Amen. Amen.'

She continued for some time in prayer for her teachers and schoolfellows; and said codice more to her mother, “I am fainting, I am going. tome, d.zar Lord, come quickly; du toiter for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Chrisi's sahe, and expired.'



MRS. SELINA CHAMBERS, ven with the happiness of her pa.

rents, her husband, and family. Her WIFE OF MR. J. CHAMBERS,

bereaved partner, to whom she had AND DAUGHTER OF MR. ODDY, been united not quite 18 months, Died April 211, 1811, in the 25th feels that he has sustained a loss year of her age.

which God only can support him

under. Her tender frame received This young disciple of Christ evinced from her childhood a re

but too severe a shock in the deall gard for divine things. At the

of her excellent father, whom she

age of fourteen she was brought, by the

survived so sbort a time, and whose providence of God, to Hoxton

loss she expressed herself unable to chapel; where slie received much

bear, but for divine support.' Her

health from that moment began to pleasure and profit from the ministry of Mr. Dewhirst, then a student

decline, but not in an alarming in the adjoining academy, particu

manner; and only a few days before

her dissolution slie visited his grave. larly by a sermon from these words: 66 The secret of the Lord is with

Little, little did she then think she them that fear him." She became

was so soon to join him; and little

did her relatives expect that grave a regular attendant; and a short time after, was benefitied by a ser

would so soon open again, and that mon from Mr. Moseley, on Thy

they should deplore a second loss,

and shed over her the tears of word have I hid in my heart,” &c.It was now evident to all wbo had agony. Being delirious nearly the an opportunity of observing her,

whole time of her illness, little could

be collected from her ; but the exespecially in private, that the Holy Spirit had taken of the things that ample of her whole life speaks far

Jouder than words. She was conare Christ's, and revealed them unto her. Her decision of character was

fined only three days:—was in aptruly exemplary; and though she parent good health on the 27th of felt much diflidence in speaking on

March, was out on the 28th, on religious subjects in general, yet,

which day she was taken ill, - went

home and took to her bed, never when occasion offered, she was

more to rise. ready to give a reason of the hope that was in hier. In December 1804,

This solemn providence was imshe was admitted a meinber of the proved at Hoxton chapel on the church at Hoxton; and after ex

14th of April, by Mr: Percy, of pressing with what kindness and

Warwick, from Phil. i. 21.-" To affection she had been received, she

die is gain.” added, “ ( that I may be admitted into the Church Triumphant!-"

MRS. JONES. When speakiug of her own expe

Died on Thursday, May 28, rience, she would say, “ The Lord 1812, Mrs. Jones, wife of the Rev. manifested limself to me under his E. I. Jones, London. Her funeralmost endearing litle,--hat of The sermon was preached at IslingtonREDEEMER: he drew me with the chapel, by the Rev. John Hyatt, in sweet corils of his love ;- it was a which he gave the following sketch sense of blood-bought pardon that of his departed Friend :dissolved my heart of stone.” She “: It was her privilege to receive so well filled up the relative du- religious instruction, even as soon ties of life, as to contribute not a as the bud of reason began to open : little to the happiness of all her hence, as is often the case, she could connections. Her filial piety was not say when, or by what particu. the most acute and sensible that lar means, lier first saving imprescan be iniagined ; indeed, her very sions were produced: nor is this existence appeared to be juterino Becessary. She was deeply seasible


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of the total depravity of her nature, Lord's people, and often rejoiced the guilt of sin—the necessity of an that she obtained many a blessing, interest in the atonement of Christ; from which some were excluded and by the influence of the Holy by their bigotry. Ghost, she was enabled to commit She was circumspect. She always her soul to him alone for salvation. paid particular attention and care At one time she experienced some in forming connections ; she regardheavy domestic trials, which seem ed her character as of the greatest to have been sanctified to her, as importance ; she preferred being rethey led her to the throne of grace; proached by thise who did not and that God, who is always faithful well know her, to suffering herself and kind to praying souls, gave her to lie at the mercy of every tattler. assurance of his favour ; and she re- She prized retirement, and found, joiced in his love. She at once that a few friends with whom she warmly espoused the cause of could associate were sufficient; that Christ; the ordinances of God's an extensive acquaintance would sanctuary became inestimably va- deprive her of opportunities for reJuable; the ministers of Jesus she tirement. highly esteemed in love, for their She was affectionate. Those who work and their Master's sake ; and best knew her thought best of her the saints were esteemed by her as she was pious without austerity, the excellent of the earth.

and cheerful without levity. I will She was decidedly attached to the venture to say, that I never knew truth as it is in Jesus. She approv

a Christian who exhibited fewer ed of no preaching that was not faults, or more excellencies. It evangelical, plain, and lively. She requires no ordinary character to was an admirer of the glorious doc- fill the place of a minister's wife ;-trines of grace; salvation by grace

she should possess piety, prudence, was the life-blood of her hope. She and kindness in a very superior deexperienced and exhibited the holy grec ;-- these our departed friend and happy effects of a cordial recep- possessed. She was placed in a sition of those important truths, tuation which required an extraorwhich some persons reject, as li- dinary degree of prudence and afcentious in their tendency. She fection. Had she been a gossipper, was diligent in the use of the means she would have kept her husband of grace ; her faith wrought by between two fires. Every one must love; she often attended the house perceive how prudently and affecof God, under circumstances of af- tionately a woman must act, so as fliction, which many would have not to create jealousies in some employed as excuses for absence. minds, placed as she was between • In twenty-two years,' says her two congregations ; and every one husband, ? I can remember but one must admire her prudent and amiinstance, when she inight'have filled able disposition, which carried lier her place in the house of Go and so peaceably through life. did not; and much regret it cost Her end was peace. During a her.' It were devoutly to be wished long affliction, she experienced the that professors of the religion of consolations of God to be neither the Saviour, were like-minded with few nor small. Her heart was graher in this respect. Copy her ex- dually weaned from this world. ample in this thing, my dear friends, Often she experienced rapturous and you will do much to encourage joy; but was never without solid your ininisters.

peace. She loved prayer, and found She was candid. Her decided at- it peculiarly refreshing to her mind tachment to the doctrines of grace in the prospect of dissolution. Not did not produce bigotry. Her can- long before she was released by dour was truly Christian ; she loved death from all that is troublesome, all who appeared to love the Lord she said, My confidence is unde Jesus. She grieved whenever she shaken,' and thus she died. discovered shyness arongst the


of his age, and 52d of his ininistry,

the Rev. John Johnston, minister Dird April 2, 1812, aged 58.

of the Associate Congregation, BeHe appears to have been emi lesfecton, Annandale. He was benently pious, even when a child ; loved and respected by all who had wade great progress in learning, the happiness of being acquainted particularly in the Hebrew lau

with him; and thro' his long life guage, of which he composed a

was an ornament to religion, a lover Grammar ; which procured for him, of his country, and a friend to man. unsought, a doctors' degree from a

kind. As a man, his dispositions foreign university; he afterwards

were amiable, social, and courtetook the same degree at Cambridge: ous; and his conduct was grave, He entered the ministry under the dignified, and correct. As a Chrisauspices of the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, tian, bis piety was judicious, cheerof Madely, and iinitatod bim both ful, and fervent. As a scholar, he in doctrine and in zeal.

held a distinguished place; and in Perceiving the vast increase of Biblical learning and criticisın, was buildings in Manchester (where he excelled by few. As a minister, married) he determined to build, if his talents were good ; and in the possible, a new church, where it application of them to the duties was most wanted; which, with of his function, he exhibited a palgreat labour and perseverance, he tern of diligence and fidelity wore at length accomplished, obtaining thy of the imitation of all those a presentation for 60 years, and of who fill the sacred office. To the himself in the first instance. He last his faculties continued vigor. was a very laborious useful minis- ons. Until within a few months of ter of Christ; many were converted his death, he encreased his funcand edified, and the communicants tions; and such was the ardour of his were frequently 500 in nuinber. soul in the cause of his Redeemer,

His humility, meekness, and cha- that on the last day he preached, rity were exemplary; and his di- under the pressure of corporeal inligence in visiting the sick was per- firmity, he literally fell down in the haps never exceeded by any. To pulpit. He entered with much spithis laborious branch of ministerial rit into the benevolent views of the duty, he attended at all hours of British and Foreign Bible Society, the day and night, and thereby, as and largely contributed to its aid. is supposed, injured his healih, and Supported by the assured hope of shortened his life. His patience that blissful immortality, which it was also remarkable during the had been the business of his miniswhole of his pious and useful life, try to hold out to others, as a especially in his last sickness, which source of consolation under the continued nearly two years, and trials of life, and of fortitude in the was very severe. His last words 'hour of dissolution, he was gently were, () my Saviour, O my Sa- dismissed to his rest. He will be viour, O my Saviour! The Lord long embalmed in the memory of is with me! and while his friend, his afllicted family, his affectionale the Rev. dr. Crosse, who assisted congregation, and bis extensive in serving his church, was praying circle of friends.. with his, lie literally fell asleep, saish resica from his labours.

March 10, died Mrs. Rogers, ilis funeral exhibited a spectacle wife of the Rev. John Rogers, of seldom seen; more than 40 clergy- Tisbury, Wilts, in the 45th year of men, with great numbers of his her age. It is remarkable, says our people, in deep mourning attend- correspondent, the wives of three ed; and the concourse of people Dissenting Ministers, distant only was so great, that more than a thou- 12 miles from each other, have s.und could not get into the church. departed this life within 3 weeks.

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